During one 24-hour period we can easily deduce that this life is out to get us. Sadness abounds, and with it anger, both vacillating, as each frustrating second succeeds the last one. Fear reigns.
It doesn’t really matter how far anyone’s ventured in the faith, we can be stripped of it and laid bare by our circumstances and the vacancy of our spirits without a lot of notice. This is particularly true of times when we have an adjustment to make in life.
For instance, it occurs with everyday grief—a promotion missed out on, or an unanswered prayer, or just because we miss someone dearly. Perhaps it’s a mini identity crisis. Maybe it’s a conglomeration of issues.
Why is it that one particular day can turn out to be so disastrous?
Besides the reasons that make for convincing reading, our vision and standpoint to the reasons is usually off balance. Who knows why, apart from the fact that life has ‘turned on us’.
God understands such a perspective. He gave us these emotions for dealing with those issues that tip us over the edge.
It is very human to have a skewed perspective. There’s nothing wrong with it provided we’re not making important decisions in this heart-frame and mindset. Whilst things are a little awry, we just rest if we can, not putting too much pressure on ourselves.
Yes, we can even rest in the midst of furious life. It’s about the practice of being gentle with ourselves, reassuring ourselves, even as we’re required to interact.
Two Special Truths
And perhaps the Divine Being wants us most of all to know two special truths at these times. One we’ve already mentioned; that is to be truthful about these things within ourselves. The other is to realise—with our logic—that there is hope; there is always hope, even when we don’t see it.
Holding both these classic truths in our hands and bringing them close to our hearts is power for tomorrow.
Tomorrow Always Comes
The sun always eventually sets on our metaphorically gloomy days.
Tomorrow is usually different, though not always better. But slowly things will get better if we’re absorbing our emotion and living truthfully in that heart-space, as well as shoring ourselves up with our logical minds for those facts of cognisance we can still be truly thankful for.
Holding out for tomorrow, however, always has a bit of a catch to it. Like happiness, we cannot afford to hanker after it too much. We must allow it to happen of its own accord. We must hold it lightly.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.